This weekend, the Times "Knowledge" section (the weekly arts events and TV listings) carried a full-page ad inside the front cover for "Shadow Man" by Cody McFadyen. "Some thrillers care you witless. Very few make you cry. Only this one will do both". The book is "crime booksellers’ choice at Waterstone’s" and priced at £3.99 (RRP £6.99). "Coldly, stunningly brilliant. Move over Thomas Harris", writes Lisa Gardner on the cover. (Neither name a hugely enticing recommendation as far as I am concerned.)
Has anyone heard of this book or the author? Any views? New one on me on both counts, I think. I wonder why this particular book is getting this particular treatment — you don’t very often get a book featured in this prime slot that isn’t in the "mega seller Stephen King" category.
Here’s the link to the UK Amazon entry (sorry Waterstone’s), where the book is also priced at £3.99.